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You Say Tomato, I Say Fooood Fight!

Every year, on the last Wednesday in August (which happens to be today), the folks of the Spanish town of Bunol get together for the annual tomato throwing festival. That's right, the town citizens, along with tens of thousands of tourists, get together for a giant tomato food fight called La Tomatina.

For exactly one hour (11am-noon), 117 tons of plum tomatoes were hurled into the air, at folks, into the streets, everywhere. At noon a rocket was shot into the air signaling the end of the fight. Once it was over, residents used garden hoses to spray down the town.

There were no reports of injuries this year, mostly because everyone seemed to respect the rules: Only throw tomatoes, don't throw tomatoes that are green (meaning that they're hard), squeeze the tomatoes first to make them burst easier (easing the sting).

So how did the event begin?

Local legend claims the event began in the mid-1940s after a group of youngsters waged a food fight near a vegetable stand on the town square. They met again the next year and pelted each other — and passers-by — creating the annual tradition.

Sounds pretty wild, but from the look of things, it sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I should book a hotel for next year...

Source: International Herald Tribune
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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
im sure these are the gross tomatoes that they wouldn't want people eating (optimism?!). this is way grosser than the ketchup picture you posted a few months ago!
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
Call me a party pooper, but I'd rather see those tomatoes sent somewhere that they could be used to feed people.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
Ahh I dont know about that, sounds fun but I'll prob enjoy watching then participating.
potterlove potterlove 9 years
SOUNDS fun, not loving the pic much! But I just might take some friends with me to visit...
Pepper Pepper 9 years
What a waste of tomatoes.
kstraw23 kstraw23 9 years
i'm sure i'd think it was really gross until i was smack dab in the middle of it, when i'd probably be having the time of my life!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
i say grooooooossssssss!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
This has been something I have been interested in doing for awhile.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
At first I thought it looked fun, but then I realized it probably stinks really bad, not to mention unsanitary
arihm arihm 9 years
I have wanted to go to La Tomatina ever since I heard about it many years ago! Hopefully I'll make it before I'm too old to enjoy it!
Marci Marci 9 years
I saw this on the news today. I'm surprised I'm the only one turned off by the whole thing.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Looks like fun! we have snowball fights instead here in Canada!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Now if the Spanish would just combine this with the running of the bulls it would be a slippery, gory reddish affair.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Yeah, the picture is not so attractive, but it still sounds like fun! A giant food fight...:) Nice.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
sounds fun, but i threw up in my mouth a little bit when i saw that pic...i don't know about you but it looks grossss :P
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